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person to do that. he is the commander of a apollo 17 and the last ever made on the moon's surface leaving a special legacy for america's space program. joining us live. captain eugene cernan and last man to walk on the moon. i can't tell you how excited i was to talk to you today. thank you for joining us. >> you are welcome heather. you might have guessed i had no requests for auditions. >> heather: did you plan ahead what you were going sing and what you were going to do? >> no, we didn't. we plan ahead all we're going to from a scientific, but everything else you heard from most of these missions, your reaction to the environment and reaction to things. even things that were said when we left the moon, they come to you because of what you are confronted with. >> heather: explain to us. take us all back there that moment when you first stepped foot on the to the moon surface. what did you see and what did it feel like? >> well, heather, my first step was mine. no matter what a lot of people want to believe, it can never be taken away from me. the fact of life there were other pe
to apollo 17. >> i'm convinced that the space program will come back. >> the country needs to have something to look forward to, to look up to, to be proud of. >> what can we do in ten thousand years? look how far we went in 70 years. my grandmother on a farm in michigan had a ring telephone, no electricity, an out house and she walked the first guy walk on the moon. >> i'd like to see the next generation leave footprints like we left on the moon, and i hope that that happens. bill: you're going to love this show. it looks even better in hd. they didn't have that 40 years ago, did they. captain gene cernan former nasa astronaut with us now. n her, il by the way is hosting this. traveled all over the country to conduct these interviews. it's great to have you. gene, i just want you to tell our audience, if you can, what you want them to understand about what was done then, four decades ago. >> all right. you know, this -- today, as a matter of fact, bill, is the launch date 40 years ago, and in a week it will be 40 years since those final steps, and what i really want to have happen, we've go
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